New candidates, no contests in Saturday Rowe election

ROWE — There are no ballot candidates on Saturday’s election ballot, but new candidates are running for open three-year selectman and School Committee positions. Also, several town positions have no candidates.

Walter Quist of Ford Hill Road is running for Selectman Noel Abbott’s position, since Abbott announced plans to move away. Quist has been a town resident for 19 years. Retired from the federal government, he has served on the town Park Commission, is chairman of the Yankee Land Committee and is on the town’s Energy Committee. He was also on the search committee that found a financial consultant for the town a few years ago.

Quist said his goal as a selectman is to see that town government runs smoothly and is transparent to the public. “If people can get answers, and are treated politely and with respect, I think that will encourage people to get more involved with their town government,” he said.

Susan Zavotka of Tunnel Road, chairwoman of the Rowe School Building Committee, is running for the School Committee seat of Cynthia Laffond, who is not running for re-election to a three-year term.

A retired 30-year faculty member of Ohio State University, Zavotka has been spearheading the effort to build a new school building, entirely with the available funds from the town’s insurance coverage and to see that the new school is ready for students by August.

“Through my work on this committee, I have become quite familiar with the Rowe Elementary School program, faculty and staff,” she said. “I would like to be a part of supporting that process through membership on the School Committee.”

The voting will be held at the Town Hall; polling hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The following incumbents are seeking re-election. All are for three-year terms unless otherwise noted:

Board of Assessors, Chairman Frederick “Rick” Williams; Board of Health, JoAnn Brown; Town Clerk Jennifer Morse; and Planning Board (five-year term), JoAnn Brown.

The following positions have no candidates on the ballot, and all are for three-year terms: a cemetery commissioner; two Finance Committee positions; one library trustee; one park commissioner; and one constable.

(Editor's note: Some information in this story has changed from an earlier edition)

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